Cardinal Connection

Duncan Creek Elementary

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May 2016

Dear Duncan Creek Parents,

The 2015-2016 school year is rapidly coming to a close. It is hard to believe that nearly 180 school days have passed, and I am completing my third year at Duncan Creek. I am grateful and blessed to work each day with such amazing students, staff, and parents.

On the last day of school, students in grades K-4 were able to “step up” to the next grade level and meet their teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. This was a wonderful experience. The students are already excited for the next school year and will enjoy the summer already familiar with their new teacher and classmates. A brochure containing grade level information and the name of your child’s teacher for 2016-17 was placed in each student’s progress report envelope.

We have some very special staff members retiring this year. We are greatly going to miss Mrs. Marie Jackson, Mrs. Jane Argo, Mrs. Denise Jester, Mrs. Terry Starner and Dr. Jackie Ellett. We look forward to Dr. Ellett returning next year on a part-time basis. We wish

them the very best as they begin this new and exciting phase in life.

Field Days were held over the last month. I know the students had a wonderful time. A special thanks goes to Ms. Alkire and Ms. Basco for their countless hours of preparation for these exciting days. The help of all the volunteers was certainly also invaluable.

Kudos go out to Mr. Cypert and Mrs. Cook for an outstanding chorus concert on May


Being the principal of Duncan Creek is an honor and privilege. This is an amazing school with a wonderful faculty and staff. However, little can be accomplished without the support of you, the parents. Keep on doing what you’ve been doing as Duncan Creek continues on the path for greatness.

Please join us on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 8:30am-11:00am for our Open House.

The first day of school for 2016-2017 is Monday, August 8, 2016.

Please check the school website ( for information on returning student registration. Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


Carrie Yougel



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Have you visited your child's eClass C&I webpage lately? If not, please take this opportunity to log in and see important information from your child's teacher! Class schedules, weekly newsletters, as well as educational links are all posted on this page! Many of our teachers even post daily homework! All you need is your child's username and password. Click here for a short video and other resources explaining how to access this important resource!
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Please notify the front office if you would be willing to work as a substitute cafeteria monitor or ice cream worker. We are in need of substitutes to support our students in the cafeteria when one of our monitors is out. Thank you for helping DCES!

Media Center Messenger

Keep Reading this summer! In the final report card envelope you will find a list of suggestions for summer reading. In August, students who participate in summer reading will be invited to a special Summer Reading celebration! Students will be invited to the summer reading celebration if they participate in and complete the summer reading program at the public library OR complete the summer reading bingo card that will come home in the final report card envelope.

Thanks so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked in the media center this year! Your hard work and dedication to the media program is much appreciated!

Free Digital Books All Summer

Free Access to Digital Books All Summer

myON Reader has partnered with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign to provide free summer access to a library of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports.

Go to

Login information: School name: Get Georgia Reading, Campaign for Grade Level Reading (When you begin typing this in the window, a dropdown menu should appear;

this option is the first one.)

User name and password: read

This free access expires August 30, 2015.

Parent Tips for Young Readers From Ms. Power

*Listen to your child read each day. Encourage him or her and be delighted in his or her efforts and successes.

*If your student reads a word incorrectly, give him or her time to notice and self-correct the error.

*When your reader gets stuck on a tricky word say this:

”Reread for meaning.”

”Break the word apart.”

”Find a part you know.”

”Can you try it a different way?”

Ex: Your reader says lack instead of lake. You say,”Does the a make a different


*Encourage putting the words together to sound like talking. This helps your reader be aware of phrasing and fluency.

*Read to your child to model good reading and give him or her time to just listen and enjoy books.

*Make time to meet with your child’s teacher at conferences. Ask questions if you have them.


A large part of our STEM program is relating the math and science skills learned in the classroom with real life applications. In grades 3-5, we finished our year in STEM by making the connection between coding and the programming and building of LEGO robots. Students were engaged in the entire process and enjoyed putting their coding skills to use. 1st and 2nd graders were able to use their coding skills to program Bee-Bots. We look forward to continuing with this process next year.

We have enjoyed teaching your children STEM this year. A few of our favorite challenges involved testing out earthquake proof structures, building paper roller coasters, coding, and working with LEGO robotics. Next year looks to be another wonderful year with more LEGO robotics and an in depth investigation into skyscrapers and tall structures.

Thank you for your support!

Jennifer Clark and Carla Evans

PTA News

Click here to visit the PTA page on the DCES website.

A note of thanks from the PTA President….PTA Members and DCES Families -

It has been a wonderful year for DCES PTA! We are so grateful for your support and participation in the many activities the PTA hosted for our students and families! We've installed a new playground, supported teacher grants, hosted numerous events for community involvement, and supported our teachers in many ways this year! I'd like to thank each person that served as a chairperson for our PTA events, fundraisers, and programming, as well as our PTA Executive Board - Ann Marie Barry, Carol Brown, and Lisa Deignan. These men and women have given uncountable hours to our school, teachers, and staff to help make Duncan Creek a school of excellence.

As we look forward to the end of the school year, I'd like to congratulate the 2016-17 DCES PTA Executive board that was elected at our April meeting.

President - Ann Marie Barry

Co-Vice Presidents - Jenn Samonsky and Becca Atkins

Treasurer - Cory Hughes

Secretary - Meredith Phelps

These board members will be working hard over the summer to fill all chairperson roles and plan the budget, events, and activities for the 2016-17 school year. As always, if you are interested in serving our PTA as a volunteer committee member or chairperson, please see below for a link to fill out the form to help! I hope each of you has a relaxing and fun summer and I look forward to seeing you at Open House in August!

Heather McCreary

2016-2017 PTA Committee Volunteer form – Click here to download.



Corrigan –

Findley – Taylor P

Harriman – Lucas

Lawrence – Grayson

Ona -

Robinson - Mitchell G

Rogers – Elisha C

Wiggins – Dylan


Argo – Darby

Britt – Charlie

Duncan - Emery

Harper - Aaron A

Logan - Karli K

Milton – Kaylee

Newman – Dylan

Russell – Walker R


Athon – Bennett

Baker - Chase

Blake -

Gomez – Julia G

Newsom – Amarachi C

Phucas -

Soucy –

Young –


Chandler -

Harris – Connor

Law – Ellie

Myers – Lathan

Parlier –

Voss -

Wilderspin –


Garner – Bianca

Hamrick –

Hardigree -

Hayes – Avery V

Hendry – Stacky J

Moore -

Reed –


Wyatt –


Abreu –

Ashe -

Covey –

Crane –

Jarrard –

Maschas –

Mayfield – Jessie F

Sever –

Do you know of a child entering kindergarten in the Fall 2016? If so, please spread the word!

Duncan Creek ES will host our Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on May 5 from 10 AM- 5 PM. The online part of registration can begin April 4. Just visit our website ( to find out more information!